Reports & Publications

(December 2011) — In 2009, the Obama administration pledged to reform the immigration detention system. However, the administration has failed to uphold its commitment and the human rights crisis confronting immigrant men, women, and children in government custody continues.

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(August 2011) — Sexual violence is pervasive in America’s prisons and jails. Congress took an important step to prevent sexual abuse in prison when it passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which set a “zero-tolerance standard” for prison rape and created guidelines to hold correctional facilities accountable for protecting inmates. But the Obama administration refuses to apply these...

(December 2010) — The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not meet its deadline in 2010 to create a national alternatives-to-detention (ATD) plan that would help make the U.S. immigration system more humane and cost-effective. Instead, the agency detained record numbers of people in fi scal year 2010 and is making plans to build new detention centers...